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Tina Sanchez

505/897–5174 ext. 41410

505/897–5176 fax


Chamiza Counseling Program

Developmental Needs of the Elementary School Student:

  • The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners.
  • They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values.
  • Students are developing and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family.

What Elementary School Students Need:
Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement. To help ensure that elementary students overcome barriers to learning, develop a positive self-concept and become confident learners, they need:

  • A safe and positive learning environment
  • The support of positive, caring adults
  • Early identification and intervention of their academic and personal/social needs
  • Knowledge, attitudes and skills in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development as the foundation for future success

Why Elementary School Counselors?
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. School counselors understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. They design, develop, implement and evaluate a Comprehensive School Counseling Program based on the needs of the students in the school.
The program is proactive and preventative, developmentally appropriate, and essential for:

  • Children to have a better understanding and acceptance of themselves.
  • Children to learn to cope with family changes.
  • Children to develop decision-making and problem solving skills.
  • Children to develop socially and emotionally, to mature in their relations with others.
  • Children to be able to understand themselves in relation to their own development.
  • Assisting parents, teachers and administrators in understanding and meeting the needs of the children’s emotions, behaviors, and learning styles.

APS Elementary School Counselors

  • Are educators with a focus on the mental, emotional and physical health of every student.
  • Hold a Master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling.
  • Base the foundation for their work on the American School Counseling National Standards in, 1) the academic, 2) career, and 3) personal/social domains.
  • Work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a safe, caring learning environment.
  • Enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement.

How do Parents Contact the School Counselor?
Parents can call the school counselor to discuss concerns, obtain information, or to set up a school visit or meeting. The school counselor’s contact information for your child’s school is listed below:

Tina Sanchez
897–5174 ext. 517

Elementary School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:
School Guidance Curriculum

  • Academic support, including organizational, study and test taking skills
  • Goal setting and decision-making
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Education on understanding self and others
  • Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning

  • Academic planning
  • Goal setting/decision-making
  • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition plans

Responsive Services

  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support

  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

APS Elementary School Counselors Believe…

  • Children have dignity and worth as human beings.
  • Children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
  • Children who understand their feelings are better able to control their behavior.
  • Children are capable of making responsible choices.
  • Attitudes formed during elementary school shape future attitudes toward learning, self and society.

What we give to the children, they will give to the world.

APS H/MH Services/Trujillo/2004